A loan of $450 helped purchase pigs for use in her dishes.

Aurelia Robertina's story

The Santa Ana Communal Bank is located in the parish of the same name. The town is 18km from the city of Cuenca. The main economic activity is agriculture. This area is known for its tourist attractions, such as Tepal Mama Hill, which has an excellent natural vantage point. There are also panoramic views of the city of Cuenca and part of Azogues, as well as of the Quingeo and Chordeleg Rivers. The people welcome both foreign and domestics tourists. Their warmth and friendliness allow visitors to feel at home.

Sra. Aurelia F. is an active member of the Santa Ana Communal Bank. She is 60 years old and lives in Santa Ana Parish with her husband. Their three children are adults with their own families. They all live under the same roof but assume different responsibilities and make sacrifices for the other family members. Her husband works as a cattle dealer.

Aurelia prepares and sells food. She butchers her own pigs for making savory dishes such as roasted pork, sancocho, blood sausage, etc. Aurelia has been in this business for 20 years and says that there are both good days and bad, but she always manages to earn a little bit of profit. She also operates a small grocery store inside her home.

Aurelia has been working with the Foundation for 10 years and used her loans to invest in her businesses. This new loan from Fundación ESPOIR will be used to purchase pigs for fattening and slaughter. The meat will be used in the preparation of her dishes. Her goal is to help her children establish themselves financially so that they lack nothing.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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